Thursday, 22 May 2008

An inspired morning

It all came together this morning - plenty of wool, hot soapy water and elbow grease and these appeared. Very happy I was too! I hadn't actually planned anything but then things happened and I was on a roll! I love doing the needle felting, managed 2 smalll and 1 rather large tonttu (gnome) hat whilst I watch Man U v Chelsea, but I love it when the wet felting projects all come together. A good day!

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Organised Chaos

My workshop aka the spare room looks like an explosion in a wool factory! As much as I try and sort it out it just gets messy again - sounds a lot like my daughters bedroom. My 4 year old son is really good about tidying his room but Elli has other ideas. Wonder where she got that from :)
I have managed a bit of creating, lots of little bits - scarves, hats and noses for snowmen, a couple of candy canes and the odd gingerbread man. I have had a gazillion ideas for caricatures and have been scribbling little pictures to remind me. I so often have the best ideas at the most inopportune moments so have started to carry round paper and pencil! Looking forward to a creative day tomorrow - I hope!

Monday, 12 May 2008

A Perfect day

Yesterday was Mothers Day in Finland and what a lovely day I had. The Flags were flying and I enjoyed a lovely breakfast in bed with cards and presents, enthusiastically delivered by the children. We then head of to the coast and in a lovely secluded area had a picnic followed by a walk through the woods, admiring the blueberry bushes laden with flowers( bodes well for this summer). Back home I managed a few chores in the garden, namely digging out the compost box, ready for the summer! The lawn has been cut and the garden looks so good. A BBQ of chicken Tikka was devoured in the evening sunshine and with a glass of bubbly in one hand I managed to snatch an hour doing a jigsaw puzzle while husband watched the ice hockey( and Finland beat USA!!) A perfect day!

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Spring has well and truly sprung

What a glorious day - the trees now have tiny bright green leaves, the bulbs are blooming(those not eaten by Mr Hare!), the squirrel has got his russet red coat on , the grass has been cut, along with gazillions of dandelions(bizarrely adored here in Finland - well they are about the first flower to appear after winter so anything that isn't white or brown looks good!) The kids had a lovely day playing in the garden and we had our first supper outside. Things are looking good!

Friday, 9 May 2008

The Highs and Lows

Life has been a rollercoaster these past few weeks and it is only now showing signs of slowing down. On the up side I was approved for a business start up grant which means that for the next few months at least I have some money coming in and I can really get to grips with making FeltFinland work. My business is also now registered so it is official - I know own and run my own business!
On the down side my father in law passed away - he had been unwell for quite sometime but it was still a shock when it happened. Fortunately we saw him that morning and he got to see the children one last time.
But as they say (without sounding callous I hope) life goes on and it does. I am in the process of needle felting 26 snowmen's heads and bottoms and numerous tonttu (gnomes) hats! I have a load of wet felting ideas in my head and hope next week to get my hands soapy! I can't wait - I really enjoy needle felting but you can't beat the satisfaction of turning a load of fuzzy wool into (hopefully) a beautiful creation with just soap, water and one's hands.Brilliant!